Skullduggery in Clutha-Southland?

Word from Clutha-Southland is that the evil six have decided to attempt to rig the selection in favour of the losing candidate from the previous selection Simon Flood.

There are rumours that well-known Queenstown money man Sir Eion Edgar is supporting his fellow Queenstown money man and sent this email out:

From: Eion Edgar
Date: June 30, 2017 at 11:57:12 AM GMT+12
To: Eion Edgar
Subject: Friends – National Party Membership – URGENT

If you are a National Party supporter, it is very important that the National Party is well represented in the Wakatipu region. Particularly as the number of members at 30 June (Midnight Today) decide the number of delegates we will have in the vote for our next prospective Member of Parliament.

To join the party only costs a minimum of $5 and can be done online at On that website -click “Get Involved”, then Join.

Please act now & SPREAD the WORD,
Many Thanks,

PS Please make sure both husband, wife, partner join.

Sir Eion Edgar

This is exactly the kind of skullduggery that got the Rodney selection abandoned, and will likely be causing the National Party board to be having major conniptions.

Fortunately, Sir Eion was willing to talk to this blog when contacted by mobile phone and said he categorically denied that he was favouring any candidate, only supporting more representation from the Wakatipu Area. He is somewhat confused about the rules though. stating “I understand all financial members by 30th June, are eligible to vote on the election of delegates”. This isn’t true. All the membership count does is set the number of delegates, they certainly don’t get to vote on who those delegates are. Here are the appropriate rules from National’s constitution:


Note that all the new members do by signing up is set the delegate count, they most certainly cannot be delegates themselves because Rule 101(a) precludes them.There is still a point in doing a membership drive, but that point is not to get them to be delegates.

This probably isn’t a winning strategy when most of the electorate are long standing agrarian Southlanders who know the gestation period of a sheep, wear red bands not Gucci loafers, and want a hard working local MP more like Todd Barclay than Bill English.

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